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Issue #70, Spring 2019

In Creative Nonfiction #70: “Home,” we search for our place in the world. From Ohio to Oregon, from Browning, Montana, to the US-Mexico border, and from gated communities and “safe” suburbs to tight-knit urban neighborhoods, eleven restless writers ask whether home is a place or a state of mind; who belongs and who doesn’t; and why we stay and why we leave.

Plus, the difference between “story time” and “text time”; tiny truths; and more.

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What's the Story #70 Lee Gutkind

Home isn't home forever, and it's not always where we feel most safe. read more

Inheritance Caitlin Dwyer

The ABC's of buying a house in rapidly gentrifying Portland, Oregon read more

Online Reading

Daydream Believer

Heidi McKinley

An interview with Patricia Hampl more

The Hotel Cadiz

Suzanne Roberts

It only takes a minute to destroy a marriage. more


Show Me All Your Scars

Edited by Lee Gutkind

Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. more


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